Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter
We all have our pet peeves…things that annoy us. One of my pet peeves is someone not giving me a direct answer to a question. They give a detailed background, possible answers and all the implications. For those of you who know me you’re probably thinking, “Look who’s talking!” Yes, I often find myself doing the same thing!
Another of my pet peeves – and let me be clear that it’s something that I too sometimes fall into the habit of – is the way we sometimes treat the Church’s Liturgical seasons. For example, we wish people a Merry Christmas on December 25th and on the morning of December 26th or 27th we drag our Christmas trees to the curb and rush off to the Mall to return the “much appreciated” gifts from our loved ones.
Or consider how some of us begin the Easter Season a little early. Out of fear that we won’t see each other on the Day of Resurrection we began exchanging the Easter greeting during Holy Week; after the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, after Jesus’ Passion and death on Good Friday, and on Holy Saturday or the day of the Great Silence. And some of us end the Easter Season a little early. On the Friday after Easter I greeted somebody with the words “Happy Easter” to which he replied, “You’re 5 days late! Wasn’t Easter last Sunday?” We sometimes forget that the Easter Season doesn’t start until the celebration of the Easter Vigil and it doesn’t end until Pentecost Sunday. In fact, in the words of Saint Athanasius the 50 days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to the Sunday of Pentecost are celebrated as one “great Sunday”. So it’s really not appropriate to wish someone Happy Easter during Holy Week! And if you don’t get a chance to wish somebody Happy Easter on Easter Sunday, or even if you already have, you can say it without feeling awkward all the way to Pentecost Sunday! Continue reading